Many People Helped to Save Dogs Rescued From Hurricane

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Twitter user Ali Standish shared a photo of a huge line of people patiently waiting for their turn to help a homeless dog seeking safety from Hurricane Florence.

“The line of folks waiting to pick up foster dogs for the weekend so coastal shelters can evacuate here before #HurricanceFlorence. Many more behind me. Sometimes humans are okay,” she tweeted.

Standish was one those people who agreed to foster a dog for the weekend. “I was a bit surprised when I saw the line!” Standish told The Dodo. “My first reaction was, ‘Wow — the need here was much greater than I thought.’ And my second thought was, ‘Wow — people have really risen to meet this need.’”

Saving Grace, an animal shelter based in Wake Forest, North Carolina, has been working diligently throughout the week to make room for animals evacuated from coastal shelters in the Carolinas.

“We have [a] ‘weekend host’ program that happens every other weekend,” Molly Goldston, founder and director of Saving Grace, told The Dodo. “This is an opportunity for people who cannot commit to fostering a dog long-term, but are willing to open their home to a dog on a short-term basis. We reach out to these folks for emergencies as well.”

With two rescue dogs on her own, Standish was uncertain of how her foster puppy, Floyd, would fit into their family but as soon as she got home, everything was fine.

“Floyd is about the best puppy I have ever met,” Standish shared. “He is down to play if you are, but also totally fine to chill. He is respectful with our other two dogs, great on his leash and mostly potty-trained, which is pretty impressive for a 4-month-old!”

Standish’s dogs, Bella and Keeper, gave little Floyd a warm welcome, and the pit bull mix was too happy to join them.

“He has the sweetest little face, and loves to be cuddled and picked up,” Standish continued. “Whoever decides to take him in as their forever dog is going to be a very lucky family.”